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Kathleen

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I am a senior at Monmouth University majoring in psychology. Upon graduation, I will begin a doctoral program in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology. I have extensive experience working as a peer tutor at Monmouth University helping fellow students succeed. Through this experience, I became a certified college level tutor and learned how to accommodate students with various learning styles such as visual or auditory. I have also learned how to assist students with mastering time management, organizational, and effective study strategies. I have a passion for tutoring because I enjoy sharing my own insight with a particular subject and help students learn to love the subject material. Although I tutor a wide range of subjects, I am most passionate about psychology and assisting students with essay writing. I believe the key to being successful in school is connecting the material to a student’s own life. I am dedicated to helping students connect the dots between school subjects and real life scenarios. In my experience, learning can always be enjoyable (even meticulous APA formatting!).

Kathleen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Monmouth University - Current Undergrad, Psychology

Hobbies

In my spare time, I enjoy yoga and reading.

Tutoring Subjects

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Psychology

College English

College Essays

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support

Other

Physiology

Psychology

Science

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I will break the concept down into smaller sections in order to best pinpoint what the student needs clarified.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I will connect the subject to scenarios in the student's everyday life. It is much easier to get excited about a subject when you encounter the concepts in your everyday life outside of school.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

First, I quiz the students on main concepts/ideas. Then I ask the student questions that require applying the concept to assure they truly understand the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Instead of pointing out what the student does not understand, I start by helping the student realize all the aspects of a subject they are skilled in. Students are usually much stronger in subjects than they realize.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I modify my instructions to best fit the student's learning style. For example, if the student is a visual learner I incorporate graphs, charts and pictures into the session whenever possible.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Everything! I believe learning is most successful when all materials/methods are utilized. I typically refer to the student's notes and textbooks along with supplemental materials such as videos.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First I like to get to know the student better to best understand the student's difficulties and learning styles. Also, once I am familiar with a student's interests/hobbies I work to connect the subject material to relevant examples the student may enjoy.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help provide students with all the tools they need to learn on their own. For example, I would work to be sure the student has strong time management, study, organization, and note-taking skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to remind the student of all the progress they have already made so they are motivated to continue. I also utilize positive reinforcement whenever possible to keep students from getting discouraged.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I encourage the student to be an 'active' reader. This includes taking the time to slowly read and re-read through the passage and take notes along the way.